Lawrence East winter mix!
Lawrence East shares his top tips on how you can adapt your summer mix to keep the bites coming throughout the winter!
My Spod mix and the way I bait never really changes throughout the whole year, the individual items that make up the mix generally tend to stay the same, however, the way I apply them changes once winter arrives.
The vast majority of mixes are made up of boilies, which is usually either Cell on its own or occasionally I’ll mix another bait with it to keep the carp guessing and give me options. During warmer months of the year I’ll fish with whole and chopped baits, however, when the water temperature cools down I like to use a lot of boilie crumb. I tend to put my baits through the Ridgemonkey crusher a couple of days before my session and then add a liquid to the crumb to give the bait another level of attraction. I like to complement the Cell with the new Cream Smart Liquid, which I’ve had a lot of success on recently, during the summer months I may add an oil such as Hemp Oil or FosOil to my baits to produce a scent trail through the upper layers. By using your boilies as crumb you’re effectively releasing the attractors and ingredients within the bait a lot sooner, what you will also find is the crumb will leave a trail in the upper layers where the carp often spend most of their time during the winter. Often by giving them a trail you can draw them down from the upper layers and with there not been any big food items in the swim it not only takes them longer to clear the bait but they don’t get full as quick.
To compliment my boilie I’ll often use a small amount of the Cell Response Pellets just to give the mix something different. We all know how much carp love pellets and with them been able to absorb liquids quickly they’re perfect for coating in the Cell Stick Mix Liquid so they pump out attraction for hours. I will note that with the pellet I tend to adjust the quality I put in my mix depending on the venue I’m going to fish and the time of year.
All the best, Lozza